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MATCH REPORT: Bradford City 1-7 Huddersfield Town Development Team

By Joe Edge.

Huddersfield Town Women’s Development Team keep up the unbeaten record as they beat Bradford City 7-1 in another brilliant result.

BY RICHARD ASQUITH

The Terriers started the game fast and they wasted no time getting in front, just 10 minutes into the game the deadlock was broken with a goal from Lois Mattock. Falone Sumaili beat the offside trap and then the city ‘keeper, before crossing to Mattock who tapped the ball into an open net to make it 1-0.

On the 30th minute, Sumaili got her second assist of the evening as she passed the ball to Macy Ellis whose powerful shot hit the bar and went in. An unstoppable strike and a brilliant start for Town. 

Then just five minutes later after already getting two assists, Sumaili was on the scoresheet as well. Great play from Leoni Price ran into space and her shot was magnificently saved, but the rebound fell to Sumaili who scored to make it 3-0.

Town then got another goal this time it came from Sian Gibrill-Keating. After a pass from Mattock, Gibrill-Keating’s shot was fired into the back off the net. After a brilliant 45 minutes from Town, they went into the break 4-0 up, continuing their brilliant league form.

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Town started the second half as they ended the first and in the 48th minute Macy Ellis got her second of the match. The ball was crossed into the box and Ellis was first to react to make it 5-0 to the Terriers.

In the 60th minute Town made it 6-0 with a goal from substitute Laura. After a great cross from Mattock, Laura got her first goal of the match and Town’s sixth. City managed to get a goal back in the 64th minute.

To crown off a good performance Macy Ellis got her hat-trick with her final touch of the game. Her shot flew through the city goalkeepers’ legs and into the back of the net. 

Minutes later the full-time whistle went. It was another goal-filled result from Town who haven’t let their standards drop all season and stay unbeaten in the league.

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At full-time manager Alan Eastwood wasn’t fully impressed with the performance but happy with the seven goals: “If were not playing well and we’ve scored seven goals that’s a massive positive.

“We want to get to the end of the season unbeaten now and we’ve gone through the motions today, but we really need to pick this up for the last game of the season now.”

Town are now just one game away from finishing the season unbeaten which would be an unbelievable achievement and would cap off a fantastic season. 

Their final game of the season is against Stockport County at the Stafflex Arena on Sunday. Supporters are welcome to come and see the final game of the season and give the girls a great send off.

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MATCH PREVIEW: Bradford City Reserves v Huddersfield Town Women Devs

Huddersfield Town Women Devs travel to local rivals Bradford City in what will be their final away game of the campaign.

PHOTO: Jess Hornby

Town’s Devs are unbeaten in the FA Women’s National League Reserves Northern Division. After their match against Chorley Women, they were crowned Champions with three games remaining.

Having won 15 of their 17 matches and knowing they are the League Champions, Town Devs go into their remaining fixtures on a high. They travel the short distance to play Bradford City reserves. City are ninth in the table, having won four of the 19 matches they played.  

Last time out was at the Stafflex arena. Town Women Devs started the game well, and within the first 15 minutes had the lead, through who else, but Sian Gibrill-Keating. The Terriers leading goal scorer found the back of the net to give them the lead.

Molly Ellis doubled Town Women’s lead before set piece specialist Tara Duce stepped up, and well, she just never misses from a set piece.

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Two minutes into the second half, and City finally found the back of the Town net, they were looking to mount a comeback however goals from Kayley Hird and Alice Linsell secured the three points.

Although now crowned champions, the Terriers will not be taking the game for granted. Aiming to finish the season unbeaten, they will still be taking each game as it comes, and each one as seriously as the last.

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Players to watch

Macy Ellis scored a brace against Chorley, and four goals in April. Ellis will be looking to end the season on a high with more goals, and with the pressure off and her shooting boots on, she can score for fun.

Asked about remaining unbeaten to the end of the season Manager Alan Eastwood said

“We do exactly the same, we keep the legs fresh, keep rotating the squad. We make sure that everyone that has been involved, is involved in the last three games as well. It’s more about enjoying this moment right now but staying professional, as the next step is to remain unbeaten.

On being league champions:

“It’s absolutely amazing, the girls have thorougly deserved that. All season they have been absolutely phenominal, done everything we have asked them to do, I think that is six or seven clean sheets on the bounce, scoring good goals as well from all over the pitch. To go against 2nd in the league and win 5-0 at home is fantastic.”

Huddersfield Town Devs travel to Bradford City Reserves and play at Rawdon Meadows. Kick off is at 18:45 on Tuesday, and fans are more than welcome to come down and cheer the team on. Can’t make it to the game? Updates will be on our socials throughout the afternoon, including live match updates, at @htafcwomendevs on Instagram and Twitter.

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MATCH PREVIEW: Huddersfield Town vs Bradford City

Huddersfield Town Women’s Development Team continue their season this weekend as they host Bradford City at the Stafflex Arena on Sunday.

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Now the only team unbeaten in the league, Town will be looking to extend that run this weekend as they host Bradford City.

Last weekend, the Terriers had their game against Durham postponed because of the great British weather and will be looking to put that behind them as the Bantams make the small trip to Huddersfield. However, City are in the same position as their game last weekend against Barnsley was postponed.

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This weekend however, the West Yorkshire teams come head-to-head with a 1pm kick off. With City still looking for their first win of the league campaign, their massive cup victory against Queensbury Celtic last time out is sure to have boosted the teams confidence.

In the league, Bradford have lost three games from three, with defeat coming to Middlesborough, Hull City and Stockport County. With these results in the past, the Bantams will be looking for bragging rights against their undefeated opponents in the Terriers.

The last time the Bantams travelled to the Stafflex, the Terriers found victory in a narrow 2-1 win with Lois Mattock scoring the winner with her first goal for Town. We will be looking to repeat that this weekend. However, Town will need to be wary of City’s top goal scorer Hannah Markey who has scored five in her four appearances this season.  

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Manager Alan Eastwood spoke about how they have been building as a team since their last game against Barnsley.

“We are well prepared for the game and we have had 4 decent training sessions since our last match where we have continued to build on the positives from previous performances. Its just about implementing it on the pitch now and learning from past errors.”

He continued: “It’s important not to get carried way looking at the league tables and start trying to predict what is going to happen. We have to be at our very best in every game this season to ensure we finish up near the top and if we keep developing at the level we are doing, there’s no reason why we can’t be up there. But first and foremost we have to concentrate on our own performances and carry on improving week on week.

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“Been unbeaten is a good achievement so far but we have to take it game by game. Sunday will be no different in the way we approach the match and I know the players are raring to go.”

Fans are welcome at the Stafflex for this West Yorkshire Derby, with social media updates on @htafcwomendevs Instagram and Twitter throughout the afternoon. 

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